The mandatory hotel quarantine requirement for travellers from six countries will come into effect from Thursday (April 29), the Ministry of Public Health said in an updated statement on Tuesday.
On Monday it said all passengers on flights from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Philippines will have to undergo hotel quarantine upon their arrival in Qatar.
No exception will apply to such travellers even if they are fully vaccinated, the ministry added.
“Home quarantine criteria is not applicable for travellers coming from these countries,” the ministry said, adding that recovery from a previous infection in the past six months is also not grounds for quarantine exemption.
The quarantine period will be 10 days for those isolating in hotels and 14 for those in Meknes hostels.
The ministry said travellers from these countries are also required to carry a negative RT PCR test done within 48 hours of departure from a centre approved by the local health authority.
“No one can board the flight to Qatar without a valid negative PCR certificate,” the ministry said.
All passengers transiting through Qatar should also have the mandatory pre-travel PCR test … and in case they require another PCR test for their onward destination, they can have it at Hamad International Airport on a standard fee of QR300 per test, it added.
Meanwhile, Discover Qatar, the destination management wing of Qatar Airways and the sole facilitator of quarantine bookings in Qatar, said it was aware of the changes to Qatar’s entry requirements.
“[Discover Qatar] is working with the authorities to implement them. DQ will contact affected customers who have an existing Welcome Home booking,” it said, adding that further details will be posted to the DQ website later on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Public Health in February had announced quarantine exemptions to fully vaccinated people following foreign travel, provided that they took the specified number of doses — one in the case of Johnson and Johnson and two for the others — waited for a period of 14 days after being fully vaccinated.
In April, the ministry said people immunised with Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines abroad will also enjoy the same exemption.